It's 'perfectly realistic' to renegotiate Brexit: Boris

Clay Curtis
June 15, 2019

The former Conservative leadership contender has for years been against Mr Johnson leading the party, but said he now feels a "sort of enthusiasm that he is going to win by a landslide".

Johnson will be represented by an empty podium during a Channel 4 television debate on Sunday night, after he declined an invitation to battle it out with his rivals because he feared it would be "cacophonous".

'I think Boris can sell things back home that Theresa May probably couldn't.

He said however that he would appear in the second debate on the BBC on Tuesday after the field has further slimmed down following the second round of voting.

Johnson said London could finally get what it wanted once it made abundantly clear to Brussels that it could walk away without a deal.

"That's not to say that I don't think there will be some difficulties that need to be addressed and we must make sure that we can address them".

With Johnson winning the support of 114 of 313 party lawmakers in the first round of voting, there has been speculation in the British media that some rivals may withdraw to allow a more unified challenge to the man who led the official campaign in 2016 for Britain to vote to leave the bloc.

On Tuesday 18 June, BBC One will host a live election debate between the Conservative MPs still in the race.

May resigned as Conservative leader this month having failed three times to get her divorce deal struck with the European Union through parliament.

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Stewart received 19 votes but has said he is determined to continue with his quixotic RoryWalks campaign, insisting he is the best person to take on fellow old Etonian Johnson.

One of the biggest issues regarding Boris Johnson is the fact that he would face the same arithmetic issue in Parliament when trying to pass anything through the House of Commons that Theresa May did.

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to be Britain's prime minister, promised he would take the United Kingdom out of the European Union by October 31, saying that only by preparing to leave without an agreement could a no-deal Brexit be prevented.

Conservative Party members will decide between the final two.

South Staffordshire MP Mr Williamson, who is one of the key figures in Mr Johnson's campaign for Number 10, told the E&S: "It's not true that he is in hiding".

Mrs May's potential successors have all said they could find the solution to the Brexit crisis which eluded her. He has so far refused to say if he will.

The former Brexit secretary's comments come amid revelations of a secret senior cabinet minister plan to forward Johnson's name alone to the confirmatory vote in July.

He added: "I think that we can get to a situation in which we are able to leave smoothly with an orderly, managed Brexit, and that's what we should be aiming for".

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